Mar 15, 2011 at 4:44 pm #1270572
Go big or go home right?
Most people make a few stuff sacks, maybe a tarp, I figured I'd jump in head-first on a summer quilt, following the excellent writeup by Jamie Shortt.
Fabric is 0.9 oz black DWR ripstop from OWFINC, and the down came from Thru-hiker. Final finished weight is 14.3 oz, roughly 7 oz of 900 fill. Max shoulder girth is right around 52 inches, footbox circumference is right around 41 inches. I wanted to err on the side of too much quilt, as I'm just getting into the whole quilt thing.
To the pics…
Sewn-in footbox, the idea of having a hole in the footbox, as with a drawcord design, didn't thrill me, so I went with more of a sleeping bag style footbox.
Underside of quilt, again, sewn rather than velcro.
It's tough to tell in this pic, but I used a very short stitch length (1.8 was the setting on my machine) and the smallest needle I could find locally. The result is very tight construction that appears that it will hold down leakage at bay very nicely.
First impressions are that it might be a tad underfilled, especially towards the top. I do still have a solid 2+ ounces of down to work with though, if I decide it needs some additional help in that department.
The initial construction, cutting the material, sewing the shell, marking/sewing the baffles was much easier than I was expecting. The actual filling process (shopvac method) was much more difficult/tedious than expected. Overall, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. As I've heard people say, everyone else will think it looks a lot nicer than I do, and I think they're right, but I'm confident it will work pretty nicely for my needs…now it just needs to warm up to the point that I can consistently use this thing!Mar 15, 2011 at 5:45 pm #1709408
@retiredjerryLocale: Oregon and Washington
stitches look consistent and evenMar 15, 2011 at 7:12 pm #1709473
@funnymoLocale: Sunshine State
You're both brave and talented! Great looking quilt.Mar 16, 2011 at 9:33 am #1709676
Great work! Way to jump in the deep end for your first project. Looks like you've got some skills!Mar 16, 2011 at 5:21 pm #1709893
Thanks everyone for the kind words. Anyone know of any patterns (other than the SMD meteor pattern) or writeups for making a bivy?
I feel like this is a logical next step, as it seems pretty simple and I'm looking to jump head-first into the tarp game. I like the meteor for its simplicity, but feel like it could use a bit more protection around the head area…I like the amount of netting it has for openness, views, etc. Are there other options?Mar 16, 2011 at 6:09 pm #1709920
I haven't made either – just knew they were out there.Mar 16, 2011 at 7:12 pm #1709953
@beaverboymikeLocale: Southern Utah
My first MYOG was a three season quilt that was baffled. I've slept in it down to to 20 degrees F. I then made a rainshed bivy sack. the pattern was pretty good, takes a little effort to get what they mean, but after a little thought I was able to figure it out. I oversized mine to fit a DAM pad and my winter -20 bag. It came in at 14.9 oz including a full head/shoulders bug netting. I don't recommend using epic material, it locks in the moisture at anything lower than about 40 degrees F.Mar 16, 2011 at 7:21 pm #1709958
@jshorttLocale: North Carolina
Mat, The quilt looks great and nice job with the mods! Seeing someone make one just made my day and its a day that needed some help. Thanks for sharing.
If you PM me I will email you the layout for my bivy. I have only shared it with one other person since it is not tested. I have not had the time to do a full write up so it's only one page showing the dimensions of all the pieces I used. Pics are on my website. It might get you thinking of how to make one.
JamieMar 16, 2011 at 8:57 pm #1709991
Thanks Jamie, I sent you a PM about the bivy, thanks again for the great write-up on the quilt.
I think I might try to go to greater lengths to document my subsequent MYOG attempts to create similar write-ups. I probably never would have jumped into the job without the detailed instructions, seems only logical to PIF and do a write-up or two of my own.
Perhaps a cat tarp and bivy write-up are in my future…
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